I received this email from Dean Mike Kinman at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis this morning, and with his permission, am passing it on. Please consider supporting Magdalene St. Louis.
As you might know, I’ve spent much of the past two years working to take the amazing work that Becca Stevens has done in Nashville over the past 18 years with Magdalene/Thistle Farms creating communities of healing for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and abuse, and bring it to St. Louis. We’re almost there — Magdalene St. Louis has hired an Executive Director and we’re set to open our first house for five women in 2014.
Part of how the women in our community will get medical care is by us paying for their medical insurance. We estimate it will be $5,000 per woman per year. My goal by the end of 2013 is to crowdsource funding for at least one of these insurance policies. I’m calling it the “Love Heals Challenge” (“Love Heals” is the motto of Magdalene)
I’ve made a list of 350 people that I’m hoping will join me in giving $20 each (Hey — congratulations, you’re one of them!). People I’ve known in various stages in my life and whom I’ve known to be adventurous and generous. If 250 of the 350 give $20, we’ll fund health care for one woman for a year. If more people give (or if people give more), we’ll be able to do more. But my goal by the end of the year is $5,000 — health care for one woman who is on the streets or in prison right now who doesn’t believe she has a chance at getting her life back, but who will.
Thanks for considering this. If $20 is too steep, I’d love for you to give whatever you can — mostly so you can feel like you are a part of this amazing ministry. Of course, if you’d like to give more … that would be great, too! And if you’re not reading this email until after Jan. 1, it’s OK … you can still do it :^)
And if you’d like to learn more about how powerful Magdalene is and why I’m so passionate about bringing it to St. Louis, just watch this video from the crew in Nashville.
Thanks for considering this … and whether you give or not, know that I’m grateful for your friendship.
Donate by clicking here or by sending a check to:
Magdalene St. Louis
1210 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Please put “Love Heals Challenge” in the memo line of a check or the designation on the online gift.